Years Ago

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2011. There are 137 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1812: Detroit falls to British and Indian forces in the War of 1812.

1858: A telegraphed message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President James Buchanan is transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

1861: President Abraham Lincoln issues Proclamation 86, which prohibits the states of the Union from engaging in commercial trade with Confederate states.

1920: Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians is struck in the head by a pitch thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees; Chapman dies the following morning.

1948: Baseball legend Babe Ruth dies in New York at age 53.

1956: Adlai E. Stevenson is nominated for president at the Democratic national convention in Chicago.

1977: Elvis Presley dies at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42.

1991: Pope John Paul II begins the first-ever papal visit to Hungary.


1986: Fifteen fireworks companies put on a spectacular display at Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pa., to end a pyrotechnic convention. Companies came from as far as France and Taiwan.

Picket lines are quiet and the negotiating room empty as a strike by pharmacists and medical technologists at Western Reserve Care System enters its second day.

The bandstand in Harding Park in Hubbard, damaged by a fire, is rebuilt at a cost of $4,700.

1971: An explosion and fire destroy the home of the Murray Nevin family at 1850 Valley Blvd., Niles, and send Nevin to Trumbull Memorial Hospital with severe burns.

Burglars steal two electric typewriters from South High School.

Youngstown teachers want their basic starting salary increased from $6,750 to $7,000 when state funds become available and after President Richard Nixon’s 90-day freeze on salary increases ends.

1961: Georgia Ann Lide, 16, of Westville Lake near Salem, will represent Ohio at the senior baton-twirling championships in St. Paul, Minn.

The Mahoning County Welfare Department reduces all relief checks by 20 percent in reaction to economic conditions, including a failure of employment to rebound.

The Youngstown Board of Education adopts a tentative budget of $12.3 million for 1962, an increase of $750 over the budget adopted a year earlier.

Richard M. Palkovic, a 1943 graduate of Wilson High School, is promoted to Navy commander and will skipper the destroyer USS Cowell.

1936: Members of the Youngstown Merchants Credit Association say they oppose illegal gambling at the proposed dog races at Canfield because money that should otherwise be used for bills is bet on the dogs.

Atty. William A. Mason, Republican campaign manager, says they’ll be enough cars on a special train to carry 600 people from Youngstown to West Middlesex, Pa., for the appearance of presidential candidate Alf Landon, the Kansas governor who was born in West Middlesex.

The new Struthers post office will be located on the northwest corner of Bridge and Terrace streets on a site to be purchased for $8,960 from H.N. Mallery.